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Braves 4 Giants 3 (74-53, 9.5 games in 1st place) Hits: Chipper Jones reached base all four times at the plate, including a home run, two walks, and two RBI, raising his batting average to .255. Chipper is 12-for-27 with four home runs (.444 AVG, .889 SLG) during his current seven-game hitting streak, and he is among the top contenders for player-of-the-month recognition along with Barry Bonds, Adrian Beltre, and Albert Pujols. Jaret Wright, who earned his 13th win after 7 innings of strong work (1 walk, 4 strikeouts, 3 runs) also had an RBI and a single to his credit. John Smoltz pitched a dominant 9th to earn his 35th save and lower his ERA to 1.86. Misses: Rafael Furcal and Julio Franco were the only Braves batters who did not get hits, but both reached base on walks. Other: Wright allowed the first three runs of the game on a Barry Bonds home run in the sixth; the Braves responded with four in the bottom half of the inning and added another for good measure in the eighth. Wright's 13th win improved his August record to 4-1 and the Braves' overall record to 74-53, while the Dodgers' loss left them at 74-54, allowing the Braves to hold the second-best record in the NL (behind the Cardinals) for the first time in 2004.
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